Philadelphia Science Festival

April 20-28, 2018

The Philadelphia Science Festival returns for its eighth consecutive year this spring to educate, inspire, and engage the region with the science and technology that surrounds our everyday world, April 20-28.  

University of the Sciences is a core collaborator of the Philadelphia Science Festival, an innovative, nine-day celebration that explores the many ways that science and technology touch our everyday lives. A citywide collaboration, the Festival unites 200 of the region’s premier science, cultural, and educational establishments, the 2018 Philadelphia Science Festival offers more than 80 events over nine days in communities all across the region.

Returning to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this year for the Festival’s grand finale is the free daylong Science Carnival on the Parkway, Saturday, April 28. 

USciences faculty, staff, and students take part in some of the 80-plus events available throughout the Festival. Presented by The Dow Chemical Company and organized by The Franklin Institute, the Festival brings science to restaurants, parks, breweries, libraries, museums and other neighborhood places! Details at


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Saturday, April 21

Science in the Park

Clark Park from Noon to 4 p.m. FREE

Who says science, technology, engineering, and math can’t sometimes be a “walk in the park”? Let us inspire and excite your family with all the wonder that discovery can bring through a day of hands-on activities in two of the city’s most beloved parks. Teach your kids the fundamentals of curiosity and experimentation as the community comes together to delight in the science that surrounds us every day. Join faculty and students from the  Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, and the Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics Departments for hands-on activities. 

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Sunday, April 22

Be a Health Professional!

University of the Sciences, Integrated Professional Education Complex from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE

It takes a village to deliver effective patient care. Through interactive educational games and activities, you will learn how different members of a medical professional team work together to help you heal! Join us in the IPEX building at University of the Science to learn the roles of a pharmacist, physical therapist, physician assistant, and occupational therapist through interactive activities.

Families will then help patients in a team based setting, where these three professions work together in the patient’s treatment!  Finally, have a meet and greet with professional faculty and students to ask questions and learn why these professionals are critical to quality health care!  

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Beer Brunch: Fizzics Class

Yards Brewing Co. (500 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (TICKETS REQUIRED, must be 21)

It’s a fizzy, fun, and fascinating day with our friends at Yards Brewing Company and University of the Sciences’ Brewing Science Certificate program as we explore the fundamentals of foam. In this hands-on day of testing and tasting, learn the science behind the foam in our foods and beverages, and understand the impact that these bubbles have on our sensory experience. You’ll leave this program one step aHEAD of your fellow craft brew aficionados! Content presented by University of the Sciences. Ticket price includes light brunch and beer samples.

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Fishtown Science Crawl

Various Locations on Frankford Ave. from 2 to 5 p.m.
Free to attend, $5 wristband for food and drink specials FREE/TICKET SUGGESTED

Take “Sunday Funday” to a whole new level during the Fishtown Science Crawl. With drink specials, explosive science demonstrations, and awe-inspiring activities at many of Fishtown’s most popular venues, this is the nerdiest bar crawl you’ll ever experience. So raise a pint in the name of science and buckle up for the most mind-blowing brunch you’ll ever have! Keep an eye out for the faculty and students from brewing science and neuroscience!

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Tuesday, April 24

Science After School

South Philadelphia Library from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. FREE

Spark your student’s passion for STEM learning when local engineers, scientists, and other experts visit your neighborhood library to lead FREE after-school programs. Take part in these exciting experiments, animal encounters, and kid- (and scientist-) approved hands-on activities, right in your neighborhood library. Faculty from the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department will take part.

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Community Night: PSF Edition

The Franklin Institute (222 N 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103) from  5 to 8 p.m. FREE

The Franklin Institute welcomes guests for a free evening of educational experiences that include the museum’s famous permanent exhibits (like the beloved The Giant Heart and the award-winning Your Brain), special programs and shows, and hands-on activities from Philadelphia Science Festival partner organizations. Students and faculty from biology will be on hand.

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Thursday, April 26

Brain Food: Science Night at the Market

Reading Terminal Market (51 N 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107) from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

For one night only, the Philadelphia Science Festival takes over the Reading Terminal Market to create an epic celebration of science, food, and everything Philadelphia! Browse select merchants in the beloved 125-year-old indoor market while also enjoying dynamic demonstrations and experiments from some of our favorite PSF partners. This event is sure to tickle the taste buds as a delightful fusion of food and fun! Join psychology students from the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

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Saturday, April 28

Science Carnival on the Parkway

Ben Franklin Parkway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE

The 2018 Philadelphia Science Festival culminates in a super-charged, super-fun celebration of science! This FREE event is unlike any other—with dynamic demonstrations, engaging experiments, geeky games, and electrifying entertainment for the entire family. Returning to the newly-renovated Benjamin Franklin Parkway, this finale event promises to be the ultimate daylong science extravaganza! USciences will have booths with faculty and students from physics.

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Pre-Event Activities - Sunday, April 8

Science at the Ballpark

Citizens Bank Park from 12:05 to 7 p.m.

The Phillie Phanatic loves science! Join him on Sunday, April 8 to cheer on the Philadelphia Phillies as they take on the Miami Marlins, and take part in Science Day at the Ballpark. Before the game and throughout the first three innings, some of our favorite PSF partners will be on hand to spark scientific curiosity through interactive activities, crafts, games, and more for the entire family. Join us for this special sneak peek of the 2018 Philadelphia Science Festival, as we celebrate science and sports—a HOME RUN in our book! Keep an eye out for students and faculty from the Physical Therapy Department.